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Hostel night is unique to IIT, don't change it: Alumnus
An agitated alumnus of IIT - Madras, Harish Baliga reacts to the new rule of 'Moral Policing' on the Hostel-Day of IIT [Indian Institute of Technology]. Protesting the diktat, he calls the 'open door policing' ridiculous and 'not welcome at all'.
STUDYING IN the prestigious IIT - Madras (In late 1990's as I pursued my Master's of Technology] was, and is a pride for me. A product of IIT, the institution has a great role in molding me.
It was once in a year that Hostel Day was celebrated. It was The Day for the students, of some fun and freedom amidst privacy. It was yet another day like a college day or a Birthday Party for me. But the difference was, for that particular day, we spent best times with our near and dear ones in the closed rooms - where we otherwise lived with only books and books. It was like another celebration for us – but a unique and peaceful one.
For god's sake policing is not required for this day. At the stage of under graduation (above 18) and post graduation, the students can clearly distinguish between sex and relationships. This day of fun shouldn’t be seen as an attempt to develop premarital relations. This is one special day for everybody in his or her professional life. If it were a hostel of teenagers it would have been a different matter. Yes, I mean it. This is nothing but a bare truth.
If management is trying to keep law and order in place, this rule will simply not help them much. Instead they can organize an open get together, which is commonly practiced. But it does not provide the space, the privacy that the professionals rightfully require in maintaining their mental peace who otherwise spent most times in those rooms with books and machines.
It is a unique system of IIT- Let's not change it in the name of law and order. I will request with stamped foot to keep the original fame of IIT intact – the institute is an icon of pride for me and thousands more such professionals.

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